Launched in 2012 a service Pride in Practice - a service designed to help health care staff strengthen their relationship with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community, has worked with more than 3,500 professionals across Greater Manchester.

Since launching in 2012 Pride in Practice, a service designed to help health care staff strengthen their relationship with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community, has worked with more than 3,500 professionals across Greater Manchester.

Pride in Practice has seen the LGBT Foundation working with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to offer free training to GPs, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists across the city region.

It helps practices effectively and confidently meet the needs of LGBT patients and offers ongoing support and information resources for each practice.

So far in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale 81 health care professionals have received Pride in Practice training.

The support and education provided by the scheme allows practices to better understand the specific needs of LGBT patients and the challenges they face. Pride in Practice offers ongoing advice and information. For example the scheme has helped practitioners to:

  • Support trans patients beginning their transition and help them explore their gender identity
  • Support gay and lesbian people wanting to adopt children
  • Offer help to gay and lesbian patients with drug and alcohol problems

One Rochdale patient, who wished to remain anonymous, explained how small things suggested by Pride in Practice can make a big difference. They said, “I wouldn’t have had the confidence to speak to my GP without a Pride in Practice poster being up. I am encouraging every GP Practice to have a poster displayed prominently – it could change the life of someone else like me.”

The patient had been struggling with their health after receiving negative reactions from their family about their sexuality. Simply seeing a poster reassured the patient that they’re problems would be met by a sympathetic ear.

So far four practices in Rochdale have received Pride in Practice’s highest gold accreditation – all of them have demonstrated the highest level of care. (Stonefield Street Surgery, Milnrow Village Practice., Dr Hamid’s Practice and Ashworth Street.)

The LGBT Foundation has received funding to run Pride in Practice from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership for three years, up until 2019.

Pride in Practice is available across Greater Manchester, illustrating one of the many ways skills, expertise and experience have begun to be shared across the city region since the devolution of health and social care in 2016.

For more information or to register an interest in Pride in Practice please visit: www.lgbt.foundation/prideinpractice

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